Facing bankruptcy, Angela Stembridge and her husband from Wanaka, New Zealand, were terrified about how they’d support themselves and their two children.
To save money, they moved to a sustainable lifestyle.
Now they make their own cosmetic and cleaning products, grow vegetables and have a medicine garden.
'Instead of buying pasta sauce in jars, I made my own using fresh tomatoes and herbs. And rather than spending money on biscuits, cakes and cordials, I created them in the kitchen. I used raspberries to make a refreshing drink and lemons to make barley water.'
Amazingly, they’ve halved their debt and saved more than $22,000 at the supermarket.
'Even a small change can make a huge impact on the environment and your bank balance. Eventually, our plan is to live off the grid completely,' she revealed.
'When I think what we used to waste, it gives me sleepless nights! Having worked in a kitchen for 20 years, I shudder to think how much cling wrap I threw away. The important thing is, we’re doing our bit now. Over the past four years we’ve saved more than $22,000 at the supermarket.'
They now teach others to do the same.
A version of this article originally appeared on that's life.